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Description

Sky Shark is a top-down shooter similar to Raiden. You start off with four lives and three bombs. With that (you can get more lives at certain point intervals, and more bombs can be found), you, the "Sky Shark" of your squadron, blast through five levels of enemy-infested battlefields with as many as six gun upgrades (Aside from the bombs and the gun upgrade, there are no other weapons to be found at all). Includes three difficulty levels and two-player support.

Screenshots

Sky Shark DOS 4 color version is difficult to play - CGA
Sky Shark DOS Title screen (Hercules)
Sky Shark DOS Taito fun time arcade logo - EGA
Sky Shark FM Towns Outdoor battle

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hishou Zame" -- Japanese title
  • "Flying Shark" -- European title
  • "Flyingshark" -- Alternate European title spelling

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 893 out of 1000 89
Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Mar, 1988 80 out of 100 80
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 72 out of 100 72
All Game Guide NES 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 6 out of 10 60
Questicle.net NES Jun, 2013 C+ 58
Power Play Amstrad CPC Mar, 1988 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Commodore 64 versions

The Commodore 64 received two different ports of this game.
In Europe, Firebird in the UK released a version of the game titled "Flying Shark", converted by Catalyst Coders.
Taito themselves released a version in the United States, titled "Sky Shark", converted by Software Creations.

DOS graphic modes

Surprisingly enough, this game supports VGA mode, although the EGA/VGA screenshot bears a far greater resemblance to EGA graphics than VGA.

Aircraft

Although the cover art shows a P-40 Warhawk and the description even says you are supposed to be flying a P-40, the aircraft you fly in-game is a biplane.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

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